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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: December 16, 2010

by on Dec.16, 2010 @ 4:03 pm, under NPB

Takumi Akiyama wants to improve his hitting during the winter.  And it seems he's got just the right bat: an old Shinjiro Hiyama model bat from 2009.  And when Hiyama found out Akiyama was using one of his old bats, he gave Akiyama three he was no longer using.  Akiyama also seems to have a Kenji Jojima bat as well -- Jojima gave Akiyama a bat (one that Jojima said didn't bring him any luck) to try out during the season this year.

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After spending some time working out indoors at Naruohama, Kodai Sakurai popped out side and spent about 40 minutes running (nonstop).

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It appears the Hanshin Tigers will use their regular players for their last 6 exhibition games, beginning with the Chiba Lotte Marines (at Chiba Marine Stadium) on 3/16.

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The Nikkan Sports' 60th anniversary, Hanshin Tigers' Takashi Toritani Christmas Special Talk took yesterday.  To the fans that made it to the event, he told them that his goal is to be one of the few players in NPB history to be a starting shortstop when he turns 40.

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Yuya Nohara was interviewed for a New Year's special program for a local TV station from Toyama on Wednesday.  Nohara played for the Toyama Thunderbirds (no longer exists) of the BC Leagues before making it to the pros.

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Wei-Chu Lin was a guest on ABC Radio's Sports-ni Pitatto (スポーツにぴたっと) on Wednesday and said that he was in the process of strengthening his lower body, not just to help with his hitting, but also with his throwing.  When asked if he wanted to get married at some point, Lin said yes and that he was open to either Japanese or Taiwanese women.

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Naoto Tsuru was a postmaster for a day at a post office in Osaka on Wednesday.

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Shunsuke Fujikawa attended a Christmas gathering at an Osaka hospital children's ward.  Seems he's hoping to become big enough so that he can run his own Shunsuke Seat program.